Mildred Sheila Woodward Kavanaugh, 96, of Jasper, died Friday (March 7) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper following a brief illness. She born December 1, 1917, in Birdseye, William Robert and Mary Pearl (Newton) Woodward. She married Paul Michael Kavanaugh November 27, 1939, in Jasper. He died February 23, 1989.
Mildred was a homemaker. She was a member of the Jasper High School class of 1935, the Bainbridge Home Economics Club, Grandmothers Club, Jasper Daughters of Isabella, VFW Women’s Auxiliary, St. Ann’s Society of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, and was an active participant and senior member of The Singing Seniors. She was known for her lightning sharp wit and enjoyed working the daily crossword puzzles in ink, which she did every morning.
She is survived by three daughters, Beatrice Susan Gabbert, Jasper, Marlene Claire Deters and husband Ken, Robinson, Illinois, and Margaret Anne Meyer and husband Michael, Huntingburg; six sons, Paul Patrick Kavanaugh and wife, Sally, Surprise, Arizona, William Raymond Kavanaugh and wife, Paula, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, David Wayne Kavanaugh, Chicago, Timothy Edward Kavanaugh and wife, Ann, Kansas City, Missouri, Michael John Kavanaugh, Birdseye, and Gregory Brian Kavanaugh and wife Janice, Glencoe, Illinois; and 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Kyle and Sylvan Woodward, and three half-sisters, Connie Byrd, Blanche Woodward, and Kathleen Delaney.
Funeral services at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The Jasper D of I and St. Ann’s Society will pray a rosary at 3:45 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.